Eid Mubarak

I’m in Turkey right now, as team lead for third party monitoring of some Syria work. I haven’t seen my kids in three weeks, and I miss them like burning. [ read more brave ]

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Three Magic Job Interview Questions

That title is clickbait. There are no magic questions. However, these are three good questions to ask at an interview. They’ll impress your interviewers and give you good information about [ read more brave ]

Self-Care in High Stress Environments

This is a guest post from Dr Naomi Johnstone, who is currently working in Afghanistan for Norwegian Refugee Council.  We all know that getting enough sleep, eating well and exercising [ read more brave ]

Getting paid what you’re worth

There are a few different reasons that people accept being underpaid, but the biggest one, I think, is impostor syndrome. At core, many people – maybe most people – just [ read more brave ]

When is coaching useful?

Coaching is useful when: You have a problem you’ve been mulling over You have a decision to make You’re unhappy or discontented in your career or life and don’t quite [ read more brave ]

Three things for managers to consider every week

Did I have any personal career victories I should record for my annual review or to mention in future job interviews? Did anyone on my team have a problem or [ read more brave ]

Five simple ways to make your proposal more competitive

  Read the call for proposals and take note of the scoring. Spend your time accordingly. If the management plan is worth five points, don’t spend two days of meetings [ read more brave ]

Resources for Change: Understanding Data

How to read a scientific paper. via Chris Blattman. How to tell when a data visualization is lying to you. Also from Chris Blattman. The Data Journalism handbook is an [ read more brave ]

Saying No

Be clear, kind, and concise. Apologize briefly if you want, but it is fine to refuse a request, and you don’t need to feel guilty about it. If you know [ read more brave ]

How to write a networking email

  Start with a 1-2 sentence explanation of why you are writing to this particular person. “I am writing to you because of your background in vermiculture for smallholder farms. [ read more brave ]